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Announcements / ShapeShop B5
« on: November 17, 2008, 11:38:26 PM » up! Now with mirroring, COLLADA and STL export, a hollowing operator, and less bugs! Read more.

Announcements / ShapeShop B4
« on: April 09, 2008, 08:56:17 PM »
ShapeShop B4 is out! Decal Texturing is back! Head over to the devblog for details on the new layered surface editing tools (and (limited) mesh import!), and then go download it.

Announcements / ShapeShop B3 Released!
« on: February 18, 2008, 11:32:30 PM »
ShapeShop B3 is out! Head over to the devblog for details on the new 3D manipulation system, and then go download it.

Announcements / ShapeShop B2 is out
« on: December 02, 2007, 11:41:57 PM »
OK, as promised, ShapeShop B2 is available on the download page, just in time for DemoCamp16. There aren’t any major new features in this one, I just found (and fixed) some pretty major problems in the file loader. If you have saved models that weren’t loading properly before, they might load now. (And if you have saved models that used to load and don’t, well, drop me a line).

More info on the devblog...

Announcements / Request for Test Subjects
« on: November 20, 2007, 04:25:14 PM »
Hello, forum dwellers. I have a favor to ask. I have implemented a brand-new 3D manipulation interface for ShapeShop 003, which has yet to be released, because I'm waiting for it to be published first. I just found out that the paper was accepted, which is great, and means this new interface will be available sometime in the near future. Before releasing it, I would like to collect some user opinions to see how people respond to the new interface. I might also include some of this feedback in the paper.

So, I need some volunteers who will try out this new interface and get back to me with comments. If you volunteer, you'll get access to a pre-release of the next beta (which, unfortunately, might not be released until February - I'm *completely* swamped with courses and papers).

So, any takers? Just e-mail me and I will set you up.

Announcements / ShapeShop B1 Released!
« on: October 05, 2007, 10:56:44 PM »
Ok, ShapeShop B1 (the first beta of version 003) is available on the download page. I am planning on doing beta releases on a monthly-ish cycle, although if some critical bugs pop up (and I fix them) I will publish a new version ASAP. This first beta has not been heavily tested (surprise! it’s a beta…), but it is based on the code I have been using for the last year. So hopefully nothing bad will happen for you. Any existing save files should load without problems, if they don’t, drop me an e-mail (and the zipped-up save file, if you can).

Ok, now for the good and bad news.

Good News (aka new and improved stuff):

    * Support for AMD Athlon processors, and installer now works in Vista (I hope!)
    * Massively improved view/camera controls (described in this post)
    * More shape parameters exposed as UI widgets
    * (most) UI widgets now give user some feedback
    * Simplified mesh refinement tools, including adaptive subdivision (see the manual)
    * Updated manual, now included in installer (this is a work-in-progress, so not everything is updated yet…)
    * Simplified menus and toolbars (aka I got rid of all the research cruft)
    * Delete-Everything menu item (File Menu->New Scene)
    * Initial image plane support (Shapes Menu->Add Billboard. Currently cannot be saved…coming soon!)
    * Titlebar actually says “ShapeShop” now…

Bad News (aka old stuff that is currently broken):

    * Decal texturing
    * NPR rendering
    * “Surface Tubes” (if you used this, let me know and I can add it back. I just think it didn’t work very well…)

That’s it for now. You might notice that there aren’t many significant new features listed up there. That will change. There are some major new features in development, but they aren’t quite ready to be released yet. I’m going to hold back on new features until I feel like they are stable enough. In the meantime, you benefit from the UI and stability improvements.

Now head over to the download page and try it out!

Announcements / to Beta or not to Beta...
« on: September 06, 2007, 10:57:18 PM »
As posted on the development blog (, I am considering releasing a Beta of 003. Go read that post, then come back here (it links back) and tell me what you think.


Announcements / ShapeShop forums, now open for business
« on: May 27, 2007, 12:01:31 PM »
Hi. Welcome to the ShapeShop forums. Hopefully you will find them useful. Don't be shy.

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